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Peru State Announces Winners of Annual Toney McCrann Writing Contest


(Peru, Neb.) Four Peru State College (PSC) students have been named winners of the annual Toney McCrann Writing Contest, judged by noted Nebraska Poet Twyla Hansen.

The contest was established in honor of the late Toney McCrann, a longtime professor of English at the college. All online and on-campus students are eligible to participate in three categories: creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry. First prize winners receive a $25 prize. Second and third place winners earn a $10 prize.

English Professor and English Club Sponsor Dr. Bill Clemente said, “We are thrilled to be able to recognize and reward the gifted writers at Peru State College. My dear friend and beloved English Professor Toney McCrann would be very proud of the effort put forth by these excellent writers.”

Winners of the competition are listed below.

Creative Non-Fiction:

1st Place: “Heat” by Erin Haida, a senior liberal arts major from Juneau, Alaska
2nd Place: “Death in Housewares” by Joni LaRette-Flores, a senior psychology major from Council Bluffs, Iowa
3rd Place: “Great Blue Heron” by Carol Carpenter, a senior English major from Peru


1st Place: “Weather Is Great, Wish I Was Here” by Erin Haida
2nd Place: “The Well” by Carol Carpenter
3rd Place: “Another Life Lost” by Stewart Black, a freshman from Deer Lodge, Mont.


1st Place: “Certainty” by Carol Carpenter
2nd Place: “In Due Season” by Joni LaRette-Flores
3rd Place: “For LaRae” by Erin Haida